China tells South Korea it blocked KakaoTalk, Line to fight terrorism




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kakaoSEOUL – Chinese authorities they have blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk and Line as part of efforts to fight terrorism, South Korea said on Thursday, the first official explanation of service disruptions began a month ago.

South Korea’ Ministry of , ICT and Future Planning said had confirmed had blocked “some foreign messaging applications through which terrorism-related information” was circulating. named the other blocked apps as Didi, Talk Box and Vower.

“The ministry will continue negotiations with relevant Chinese counterparts to ensure service disruptions for KakaoTalk and Line as well as inconvenience for the users are resolved as early as possible,” the ministry said a statement.

A spokeswoman at Kakao Corp, South Korean-based operator of KakaoTalk, said disruptions continued but declined to comment further.[eap_ad_2]

A spokesman for South Korea’ Naver Corp, parent of the Japanese-based subsidiary operates Line, said had been notified of the blockage but also declined further comment.

China had informed South Korea that terrorist organizations were plotting or inciting attacks and spreading information about how to make bombs through channels such as mobile messaging apps and video websites, the South Korean ministry said.

Access to Line and KakaoTalk was disrupted China early July and at the anti-censorship groups blamed the government, saying was trying to block information about pro-democracy in Hong Kong. Other services, such as those offered by Google Inc, have also suffered disruption there.China maintains tight control over the Internet, nipping in the bud any signs of dissent or challenges to the ruling Communist Party. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]